There are many celebrities who came to America to further their careers, but there are surprisingly many who immigrated just to have a safe life. Due to President Trump’s attempt to create a Muslim ban, there have been many celebrities coming forward to speak out against it. So which celebrities spoke from experience? Here are 10 celebrities who were refugees coming to America.
1. Mila Kunis
The Black Swan star was born in the Ukrainian city, Chernivtsi. When she was seven, her family immigrated to Los Angeles in 1991. According to her husband, Ashton Kutcher she had to get a refugee visa. “My wife came to this country on a refugee visa in the middle of the Cold War! My blood is boiling right now!” he tweeted. “We have never been a nation built on fear. Compassion that is the root ethic of America. Our differences are fundamental 2R sustainability.”
The actress has opened up in the past about her family’s move. “My parents both had amazing jobs, and I was very lucky,” she told The Telegraph. “We were not poor when we lived in Russia, whereas most people were very unfortunate. My parents thought that my brother and I would have no future there, though, so we moved to the United States.” She said her parents were just allowed to take $250 dollar with them. Their degrees and jobs were also not transferable to the U.S.
Kunis’ early years in America aren’t very clear for the actress. “It must have been frightening because I blocked it out. I don’t have any memories. Apparently, my parents tell me, I cried every morning and when I came back from school.”